Sunday, September 04, 2005

19 October

Getting back into a routine after all this travelling sure is difficult. Lyon was great. They like their organ meats, red meats, cream, eggs and butter. No low fat in Lyon. And the people are all so slim, much slimmer than in London. The place to eat is a Bouchon, a restaurant that serves family... more...

Originally Posted on 9/5/2005 12:29:43 AMContent source:

25 September

For the moment, I'm not worrying too much about the diet. I have a bushel of tomatoes to eat, (not on the food list), three giant zucchini (not on the food list) and I've just started harvesting potatoes. OK, the potatoes I can eat if I fry them in butter. That I'm happy to do. If I douse the... more...

Originally Posted on 9/5/2005 12:19:40 AMContent source:

6 August 2003

The fat in my body is melting and oozing out my pores in little rivulets. At this rate I should be ten pounds lighter by tomorrow. It's certainly sticky enough to be fat. Definitely not blood, wrong colour. And with temperatures in London approaching 100F, that must surely be hot enough to melt... more...

Originally Posted on 9/4/2005 9:03:41 PMContent source:

Stay young – Eat more Fat?

Eat more fat? Yes, but only the correct sort and in the correct balance. Natural fats provide the body with a concentrated form of energy and allows vitamins like A and E to be digested. They are also used by the body to maintain cellular structure,

So in short, we need to eat fats.

However they come in two sorts – good and bad.

Saturated fats from animals (bad) and unsaturated from vegetables and fish (good).

Saturated fats come in 2 varieties – poly-unsaturated and mono-unsaturated.
What this refers to is the length of the molecules – poly - being long chain and mono – being short chain molecules.

Saturated fats raise your LDL (the bad ones) cholesterol levels and cause harm to your body by so doing.

Unsaturated fats are on the other hand are good. Oils such as cold pressed olive oil, evening primrose and cod liver oil actually lower LDL cholesterol and raise HDL cholesterol.

Unsaturated fats are called Omega 3 and Omega 6 essential fatty acids and have good effects on the health of your heart, with arthritis and cancer. What is really interesting about these essential fatty acids is that your body can't produce them itself, therefore you must consume them daily if you are to obtain the benefits they hold for you. It has been suggested that 1000mg per day is needed. If you aren't getting this from your diet daily then supplements may be in order. Seek advice from your health practitioner regarding your requirements.

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Originally Posted on 9/4/2005 7:45:38 PMContent source:

Eat to stay Young

Few people really believe their diet is bad for them. Yet if looked at in an unbiased way it possibly is leading them to an early grave. That grease filled hamburger, the binging on chocolate. Its all a matter of perspective. Having an occasional hamburger will not kill you, however a lifetimes consumption will possibly lead to a slow, painful death.

In today's society, food is usually viewed as more than just your source of nutrition, its also a source of comfort, a symbol of wealth, a social event, or even a form of recreation.

We've been heavily influenced in what we eat by our parents, friends and the massive marketing campaigns that bombard us with messages that consciously and unconsciously shape our choice of what to eat and how to live our lives. Our lives have become time poor, yet many have greater disposable income and more and more opportunities to spend it on fast and or heavily processed foods.

Who was the last one in your family to grow their own vegetables, free of pesticide, grind their own flour and bake their own bread? Interesting thought isn't it.



Originally Posted on 9/4/2005 6:51:37 PMContent source:

A view on the diet of the modern Western industrial world

Most of us reading this live in countries with high technology and education standards, with millions spent daily in our health systems.

Yet look at the statistics;
1 in 3 will get some form of cancer during their life
Around 60% of those over 65 have high blood pressure
33% have heart disease
45% of the elderly take prescription drugs

This is with our countries relying on Modern medical practice. Yes, on the whole we live longer then 100 years ago, but at what cost? Health care is breaking down in western countries due to the massive overload being experienced as more and more of the population ages. The baby boomer generation is reaching their 50s and the doctors and hospital systems are showing signs of not coping.

Lets look at the other side of the coin.

What of the Hunza people living in northern India in the Himalayas? They live to incredible ages. As well as that they don't consider someone 100 years old as being old. Its normal to live much longer. At 100 you would still be working and outworking an average 40 year old westerner.
Not only do they live a long life, its also nearly completely free of the disease we have in the west. Cancer, heart disease and so one isn't heard of.

The answer as to why they live longer and healthier lives is in their attitude to life, work and diet.

For example,

They rise and start work at 5am and don't eat until 12am.
They only eat 2 meals a day and often go on a 3 hour walk after a meal as recreation.
Meals consist of only freshly ground whole grain and fresh pesticide free fruits and vegetables. Very little meat is eaten. Maybe once or twice a week and then mostly only chicken in very small amounts. All meat eaten is free of antibiotics and growth hormones.

How close is your diet to theirs? What can you learn from them? What can you right away apply to your diet and life?

Why don't you do some research of your own and find out some more about these long living healthy people. See what you can learn and apply to yourself as you set out on what needs to be a life changing course. While you are at it, look up the the Vilcabamba of the Andes and the Abkahasians from the Black sea area.

Knowledge is your greatest tool in your battle to obtain permanent weight loss. Take the opportunity to learn everything you can and apply it immediately.


Originally Posted on 9/4/2005 6:35:33 PMContent source:

Drop 14 pounds in 7 days? Really?

I just tried a diet plan that made just that promise ... lose 14 pounds in 7 days.

To say I was skeptical would be an understatement in the extreme.

14 pounds in 7 days is A LOT of poundage to drop and not a whole lot of time to lose it in.

But I tried it, and it does work. But don't think this is some inane testimonial. The plan does work, but it isn't easy or for the feint of

Originally Posted on 9/4/2005 5:54:33 PMContent source:

If you aren't down right pissed off, you should be!

I'm sitting here absolutely FUMING!

It's gotten to be a given that diet and weight loss companies lie to us all with wild and reckless abandon.

I get that.

But what about "experts" in the field? What about doctors? How could THEY possibly be so ... well, down right totally and completely CLUELESS!

Or are they all just stupid, I can't decide.

I was thumbing through some old issue

Originally Posted on 9/4/2005 5:07:31 PMContent source:

Don't Drown!

We are constantly being inundated with the need to drink water. A lot of water.

I've seen "experts" talk about the need to drink water, and I'm not kidding, by the GALLON!

Yes, drinking a lot of water is helpful, and if you can drink that much in a day, you'll certainly help your weight loss activities and in general help your body to be healthier.

What these so-called experts fail to

Originally Posted on 9/4/2005 4:26:31 PMContent source:

The problem is NOT that you are eating too much

You know, of all the deadly dieting myths, the single worst one has got to be to "cut down on your portion sizes."

Look, do you like starving yourself?

I know I sure don't.

I can't STAND to be hungry. When I get hungry is when I'm the most likely to reach for the junk food ... which really kills a good diet.

The problem isn't that you are eating too much.

It's that you aren't

Originally Posted on 9/4/2005 4:09:29 PMContent source:

The FDA is lying to you

There are research studies, and there are research studies.

Some types of studies are done purposely to obtain a predefined outcome. These types of studies are junk.

Other types of studies are done to find the truth. In the arena of pharmaceuticals, drugs, health supplements, etc. they call these types of studies "double-blind and placebo controlled".

The FDA is trying to fool people

Originally Posted on 9/4/2005 3:24:27 PMContent source:

The Absolute Beginning

This site is going to contain my own personal saga to lose weight. Over the years I've found there to be so much absolute JUNK out there, that I'm determined to forge a new road.

I'm determined to do things differently, and this blog will give me extra incentive to get done what I claim.

If I don't, there's a whole internet full of people to let me know I'm dropping the ball.

I'll be

Originally Posted on 9/4/2005 2:57:03 PMContent source:

Jump Rope Exercise: Not Just for Kids Anymore

If you’re looking for a good workout that can be done nearly anywhere, the jump rope may be your equipment of choice. Long the first choice of tough boxers and little girls, jumping rope is excellent aerobic exercise. It also helps with balance and control, as your footwork becomes fancier and faster. It’s cheap, light and portable and fun. Jumping rope gets your heart rate up fast and keeps it there.

Always start by stretching first, (don’t forget to stretch your feet and ankles too) and warm up slowly so you don’t pull a muscle. You’ll want shoes with good support and plenty of headroom above to prevent broken chandeliers. Be cautioned though: jumping rope is for people whose joints are healthy and strong.

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Originally Posted on 9/4/2005 2:34:02 PMContent source:

Sugar Facts and Fiction

What is it about the holidays and sugar? Decorated cookies, homemade candy, pumpkin pie--without sweets and treats, the festive season would hardly seem complete. But should you be worried about all that sugar in your diet? The answer is yes--and no.

Most nutritional experts agree that indulging in holiday treats need not be a serious concern, as long as your indulgences are moderate. After all, the holidays are a special time of year. However, over consumption of sugar year-round is a growing problem.

According to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, Americans eat 20 percent more sugar now than they did in 1986. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) says the average American consumes 20 teaspoons of added sugar a day (added sugar doesn’t include the naturally occurring sugars in milk and fruit); that’s equivalent to about 16 to 20 percent of total calorie intake!

This may seem hard to believe, but many two-ounce candy bars, 12-ounce sodas and one-cup servings of ice cream contain 10 or more teaspoons of added sugar. The USDA recommends adults get no more than 6 to 10 percent of their daily calories from sugar (about 6 teaspoons per 1,600 calories).

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Originally Posted on 9/4/2005 1:42:00 PMContent source:

Should You Only be Drinking Water in Your Sports Water Bottle?

The water craze hit the U.S. around ten years ago, and sports water bottles are as ubiquitous as the 1950’s fedora once was. In fact, you have to wonder if the fact that Americans are drinking from water bottles at their desks, in their cars, at their homes and at the gym has anything to do with the recent onset of bladder-control related products on television. Still, water is a good thing, and there’s no substitute for it particularly when you’re exercising. The experts say we should be drinking eight, 8-ounce glasses of water a day, and more if we’re exercising to make up for fluids lost in sweat. The feeling of thirst actually occurs after the body is already dehydrated, so it is not something to ignore. So drink up!

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Originally Posted on 9/4/2005 1:12:59 PMContent source:

Before, During and After Aerobics

When you’re starting aerobics, the temptation is to throw yourself into it, and that’s fine as long as you’re careful. Even if you’re late to class, it’s important to warm up, stretching your muscles and getting your heart rate up gradually. If you try to do too much, your body will take revenge by burning fat less efficiently, (or by hurling you to the floor with a charley horse). So be patient, Grasshopper, and know that as long as you are exercising at no more than 75% of your maximum heart rate, you are burning fat at an optimal level. In this case, more is not better, and may be worse, as working at high intensity (85% of maximum heart rate and above), actually causes your body to reduce by about 65% the amount of fat it is burning.

If that isn’t enough incentive to keep your heart rate in a reasonable realm, bear in mind that “maximum heart rate” is the number of beats your heart can beat per minute right before you drop dead from overexertion. You don’t ever want to approach your maximum heart rate!

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Originally Posted on 9/4/2005 12:35:56 PMContent source:

Aerobic Fitness and Excercise Music

There is nothing like walking into a gym and hearing the Opus of exercise. Aerobic music is one of the most important mood setting tools for a fitness class. Could you imagine a step or spinning class without the right musical score setting the rhythm and cadence? Without the resonance of beating bass and an upbeat tempo, an aerobics class would be just a toil of exertion. When I was growing up we called it calisthenics and in my grand parents time they called it doing your daily constitutional.

Aerobic instructors rely on music to keep the 32-count, 120 beat per minute, routines on track. They build from a limbering warm up to a final thrust of motion exposing who is in condition and who is not. An aerobics work out is really broken into a series of drills and movements called routines.

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Originally Posted on 9/4/2005 11:23:45 AMContent source:

Reach and Maintain Your Ideal Weight

If you've ever tried to lose weight you've probably tried every fad diet and weight loss gimmick there is. It's the same old story every time. As soon as you quit the program, the pounds come right back on leaving you frustrated, depressed and feeling like a failure.

As much as we might want it to be true, there's simply no magic way to achieve a healthy body weight. Many of the "magic" pills, potions and powders can lead to significant weight loss for a short period. But the vast majority of people who lose weight using these approaches regain the pounds within a couple of years.

No short-term program can help you maintain a healthy weight. It's not what you do for the next six weeks or six months that counts. It's what you do for the rest of your life—including regular activity, healthy eating and maintaining a positive attitude and self-image that determines your ability to stay at a healthy weight.

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Originally Posted on 9/4/2005 10:49:38 AMContent source:

Aerobics and Burning Excess Fat

You’ve probably heard of “fat-burning” workouts, and maybe you’ve wondered how fat is actually burned. Is it melted from the heat of your body as it contorts into strenuous yoga positions? Can it be “flushed” away using diet teas or pills? In truth, is fat burned in equal amounts to sugar and protein, or does it have different requirements? In fact, fat is a miraculous substance. Created by the body in times of plenty, stored safely against the day of famine, fat takes no heed of our desktop lifestyles and high-calorie lunches. Fat thinks that fat is a good thing! It just piles itself on, layer upon layer, in the way that grandmothers used to urge children to “eat, it’ll make you strong.” Because fat is interested in your future and is always worried that you might starve, it tends to accumulate fast, and stick around – around middles, thighs, chins. And fat is flexible: when you eat fatty foods, the fat goes into your already-started fat deposits like a regular deposit into your Roth IRA. Read the rest of this article about Aerobics and burning fat, especially the excess off.


Originally Posted on 9/4/2005 10:38:37 AMContent source:

How to Buy Athletic Shoes for Aerobics

We are constantly asked by aerobic students and instructors requesting guidance on how to buy the best aerobic shoes that will be that perfect pair. Here's a few guidelines we have come up with for womens aerobic shoe shopping.There are two things you are looking for in step aerobic shoes or jazzercise and other dance related aerobic exercises. The first thing you need is great stability to accomodate all of the lateral movements that occur throughout the routines. The second feature of this particular kind of athletic shoe to look for is cushioning to minimize the impact of running in place, bouncing, and especially in step aerobic shoes, the low impact of stepping down.Read the rest of this article about How to buy athletic shoes for aerobics. more...

Originally Posted on 9/4/2005 10:16:36 AMContent source:

What is an Aerobic Workout, or Aerobics?

Aerobics (or aerobic exercise) is a workout that increases your oxygen intake and the flow of oxygen throughout your body. It consists of continuous, rhythmic movements that use large muscle groups, causing your heart and lungs to work harder than they do at rest. If you think an aerobic workout means dancing in a sweaty leotard to aerobic disco music, you are right: you are also right if you think aerobics means bicycling, rowing, walking quickly or jogging, swimming, trampolining or jumping rope. Read the rest of this article about What is an aerobic workout. more...

Originally Posted on 9/4/2005 9:28:35 AMContent source:

An Introduction to Aerobics and Fitness.

With the new understanding of the importance of physical fitness throughout the life cycle and the aging of the general population, working out has become a notable part of daily life. These days, exercising is not just good sense; some people use it as a status symbol. You often hear people discussing their workouts; cycling, exercise classes, working on the weight machines or treadmills. They work out before work, at lunchtime, after work and on the weekends. They eat special foods to maximize endurance and increase fat loss. Yet, the obesity rate in this country is soaring: more people are overweight than ever in our history, and serious diseases related to weight (heat disease and diabetes, among others) are taking their toll. People of all ages are asking, What is happening to us, and how can we stop it?

Read the whole article for an "Introduction to aerobics." Related Articles for this entry:What is an Aerobic Workout?
What is an Anaerobic Exercise?
The Benefit of Aerobic Exercise.

Originally Posted on 9/4/2005 8:37:28 AMContent source:

The detox paradox: fasting, herbal supplements and colonics: are these trendy treatments a healthy option or a hoax? - health

Four years ago Caroline Budhan suffered knee pain that her doctor attributed, in part, to her weight. At five feet tall and 170 pounds, Budhan, the... more...

Originally Posted on 9/4/2005 6:16:31 AMContent source:

Fasting as a cure for PMS and menopause symptoms - Letters to the Editor

This article is written from my clinical and personal experience with fasting that I gained while directing an wholistic 7, 10, 14 and 21... more...

Originally Posted on 9/4/2005 5:28:27 AMContent source:

7 experts' best advice for staying healthy: discover the tried-and-true ways natural health experts beat stress, sleep well, maintain a healthy weight

LOOKING TO FIND THE SECRETS to great health, Natural Health went to the country's most respected authorities in natural medicine. We learned that d... more...

Originally Posted on 9/4/2005 4:52:25 AMContent source:

Compromised hepatic detoxification in companion animals and its correction via nutritional supplementation and modified fasting - Hepatic Detoxificatin

Dietary components play a crucial role in the health of companion animals, especially those exposed to elevated levels of toxins and fre... more...

Originally Posted on 9/4/2005 3:58:22 AMContent source:

Sister, Heal Thyself - use of alternative therapies by African American women

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Nighttime Bathroom Trips
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Originally Posted on 9/4/2005 3:01:17 AMContent source:

Debunking the Detoxification Theory

Truth over toxicity
Detoxification is an amazingly popular health fad. There are books written about it, seminars given on it, centers dedicated ... more...

Originally Posted on 9/4/2005 2:41:17 AMContent source:
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